DANCE EVENTS FOR FALL 2013
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)American Vernacular Dance
AVD hosts regular dances at the Avalon Ballroom, including many with live bands like the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and After Midnight. The Avalon is at 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.americanvernaculardance.com.
- 3rd & 5th Saturdays: Swing Dance Monthly with Live Music, 8-11pm; lesson at 7pm
- 4th and 5th Wednesdays: Wednesday Waltz Etcetera, 8-10:15pm; lesson at 7pm
AscenDance: Front Range of Motion
Sept. 11: Boulder’s AscenDance Project performs choreographed movement on a climbing wall, with no ropes or suspension of any kind. 8pm at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. For other upcoming performances, check www.ascendanceproject.com.
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, hosts social dances all year long on its large, cushioned dance floor, and all events include a lesson. Ongoing events include zumba, tango, salsa and waltz; some are listed in this section and others can be found at www.avalonevents.org.
Blue Moon Dance Company
Oct. 11: Blue Moon’s 18th annual fall concert features dancers from diverse backgrounds like jazz, modern, ballroom, hip-hop and classical ballet. At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.bluemoondancecompany.com; 303-443-3262.
Nov. 2: “Appalachian Spring” is a unique collaboration between Boulder Ballet, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Company. 7:30pm at Macky Auditorium on the CU campus. www.boulderballet.org.
- Nov. 29-Dec. 1: The Nutcracker, with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boulder Children’s Chorale
Fridays: BIFD hosts participatory folk dancing weekly at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. Learn the dances from 7:30-8:30pm and stick around for open dancing until 11pm. Your first visit is free, and subsequent visits are just $5. 303-449-2381; www.boulderifd.org.
Boulder Tango Festival
Oct. 4-6: The 4th annual Boulder Tango Festival features globally acclaimed performers plus classes and big dance parties. Free beginner class Saturday at 8:15pm. At Boulder Tango Studio inside the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. Schedule: www.gustavoygiselle.com.
Oct. 4-13: The new season begins with “Giselle,” a classical story ballet. At the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Find ticket information and the rest of the season’s schedule at www.coloradoballet.org.
- Opens Nov. 30: The Nutcracker
The school of Ballet Nouveau Colorado is now called Colorado Conservatory of Dance, but the Broomfield location remains the same: 3001 Industrial Lane, #12. www.bncdance.com.
Community Contra Dances
1st and 3rd Fridays: All ages are welcome at bimonthly contra dances with live music. Lessons begin at 7:15pm and dancing runs 8-11pm at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. 303-499-1346; www.cfootmad.org.
Oct. 2: “Armitage Gone! Dance: Fables on Global Warming” combines dance, science, ancient Asian puppetry and traditional fables to explore the connections between humans and animals, science and art, culture and nature. 7:30pm at Macky Auditorium on the CU campus. Pre-concert conversation begins at 6:45pm. www.cupresents.org.
Dance Bridge/“Dance Is for Every Body” Showcase
Nov. 2-3 & 9: “Dance Is for Every Body” showcases are sampler platters of dance opportunities and resources in the Boulder area; see schedule below. Dance Bridge, a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, also lists classes, companies, workshops, festivals, info on grants and auditions, and calendar items on its website. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated. 303-441-4391; www.artsresource.org/dance.
- Nov. 2-3: At Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 10:30am-5:30pm Sat, 12:30-5:30pm Sun
- Nov. 9: At BPL’s George Reynolds Branch, 11am-noon
- Nov. 9: At BPL’s Meadows Branch, 3-4pm
Dance for the Cure
Oct. 4-5: Professional dancers from all over the country whose lives have been touched by breast cancer offer a fundraiser performance. At Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St. www.longmonttheatre.org.
Sundays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17: Danceophile Studio, 250 31st St., hosts weekly group instruction in waltz, cha-cha, swing, salsa, tango and foxtrot—no partner needed. 7:30-10pm. The studio also offers regular workshops and classes on many topics. www.danceophile.com.
Dances of Universal Peace
2nd & 4th Fridays: Weekly public dances connect people who value tolerance, peace and the sacredness of life. Boulder dances are at 7:15pm at Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive. www.dup-co.com.
Dancing with Boulder Stars
Oct. 17: This fundraiser, modeled after the hit TV show, is now in its 7th year. Local community leaders rehearse with dance instructors for 10 weeks, then perform live at Boulder Theater so that attendees can “vote” with their dollars. Proceeds benefit the YWCA. Info: www.ywcaboulder.org. Tickets: www.bouldertheater.com.
Sept. 5-6: Danse Etoile presents “Celebrate Dance and Music,” 7:30pm at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Drive in Broomfield. Ticket info: www.danseetoile.org.
Saturdays: Free weekly two-hour dance journeys, open to all ages, include a warmup and an opening circle, and feature electronic dance music. 11am-1pm at the Agora Event Center, 1724 Broadway. www.boulderagora.com.
Family Dance Planet
Sept. 21, Oct. 11, Nov. 8: This popular dance event for kids and parents includes a 30-minute guided-movement Playshop, complete with shakers, scarves and yoga mats to encourage creativity. 10am-noon on Sept. 21, then 5:30-7:30pm on 2nd Fridays going forward. At Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. www.familydanceplanet.com.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza/In the Mountains
Tuesdays through Sept. 10: Postoley Dance Ensemble hosts this free outdoor dancing experience from 7-10pm at Boulder Municipal Plaza, on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. Then, every Monday beginning Sept. 16, the dancing moves to the Nederland Community Center, 7-9pm. For details including carpool info, call 303-258-2652 or check www.postoley.org.
Frequent Flyers Productions
Nov. 2: Frequent Flyers collaborates on “Appalachian Spring”; see listing above under Boulder Ballet.
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
Nov. 15-16: “The Get-Go and Other Dances” is a collection of works choreographed by Hannah Kahn in the past 10 years. It includes two premieres, accompanied by live music from the Colorado Wind Ensemble. 7:30pm at Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. www.hannahkahndance.org.
Instructional & Recreational Dance
To take a class or join a troupe, visit www.getboulder.com/dance. Click on Dance Studios/Instruction in the right-hand menu to learn about movement and dance opportunities in Boulder and surrounding towns. Listings for all ages and abilities.
Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet
Nov. 15-19: Lemon Sponge Cake performs at the Americas Latino Festival; see schedule at www.americaslatinofestival.org.
Pearl Street Swing & Blues Dances
1st and 3rd Saturdays: Twice-monthly swing dances feature a healthy mix of swing-era, jump blues, jazz and blues. Come early (7-8:30pm) for an introductory lesson; then dance until 1am. At Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. 720-929-9618. For class schedules, check www.boulderswingdance.com.
Reverence Academy of Dance
Check www.reverenceacademyofdance.com for scheduled performance dates, including the annual Christmas show.
Salsa Dance Party
Wednesdays: Weekly dance sessions teach salsa dancing, with music by Manny Haus. 7:30-10:30pm at the Agora Event Center, 1724 Broadway. www.boulderagora.com.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
Nov. 30: Whenever a month contains a fifth Saturday, it’s time for a Scandinavian dance, with a wide range of Swedish and Norwegian dances for all experience levels. 8-10:30pm at Pearl Street Studio, 2126 Pearl St. For more info, call Eric at 303-415-1187.
Schiff Dance Collective
Check www.schiffdance.com for a class schedule and upcoming performances.
3RD Law Dance/Theater
Visit www.3rdlaw.org for details about the Boulder-based company’s upcoming events and modern-dance classes.
TinHOUSE Experimental Dance Theatre
Sept. 20-28: Joanna Rotkin of TinHOUSE performs “The Great Green,” an experimental dance work “that traverses between absurd standup comedy and choreographic upheaval,” as part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival. See www.boulderfringe.com for venue and ticket information.
University of Colorado Dept. of Theatre/Dance
Graduate and undergraduate students present dance concerts throughout the academic year on the CU campus and at other Boulder-area venues. See the full schedule at http://theatredance.colorado.edu.
- Sept. 13-15: [UN] W.R.A.P.
- Nov. 15-17: Spilling Stories, Tangled Testimonies
Village Arts Coalition
VAC brings together dozens of local folk-arts groups and publishes Stomp!, a bimonthly newsletter. See www.villageartscoalition.org for Boulder County dance opportunities.
Wild Goose Masquerade Ball
Oct. 12: Sponsored by Friends of Traditional Dance, this 58th annual CSU gala features the Mostly Strauss Orchestra playing waltzes, polkas and other dance numbers. Dress is formal, semi-formal or ethnic, and costume awards are presented. The Grand March begins at 8pm. At the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.fotd.org.
Oct. 18-27: “A Gothic Folktale” is the inaugural production of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s professional dance company, Wonderbound. The full-length work explores Americana, myth, folk culture and magical realism. At the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. in Denver. www.wonderbound.com.